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June 04, 2024

Cleanfarms has posted its 2023 annual report, highlighting the strategic emphasis to manage more agricultural plastic products and packaging through recycling and safe disposal.

 

“As new programs roll out, we are committed to continue working together with the entire ag value chain to ensure the programs are as cost effective, efficient, and accessible for farmers as possible,” Friesen explained. “The vision that was established by Cleanfarms board members in 2023 provides guidance with a solid plan to build conditions for success and help develop a circular economy in agriculture over the years to come.”

 

“In 2023, our recycling programs not only reduced what went to landfill, but we also prevented over 9 million kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from entering the atmosphere. Through Cleanfarms programs, the entire agricultural industry can make a tangible contribution to sustainability– it all adds up," said Friesen.

 

In the 2023 annual report, Cleanfarms highlighted the total collection volumes of agricultural materials since the inception of the programs (rounded):

 

· Plastic pesticide and fertilizer containers 23L and smaller – 56.3 million kg

 

· Non-refillable bulk pesticide and fertilizer drums and totes – 482,000 units

 

· Seed and pesticide bags – 3.82 million kg

 

· Unwanted old pesticides – 4.53 million kg

 

· Old, obsolete livestock/equine medications – 74,500 kg

 

· Grain bags, agricultural film and baler twine plastic – 16.9 million kg

 

· Maple tubing (in Québec only) – 914,000 kg

 

Cleanfarms collects ag waste materials through valued partnerships with more than 1,500 recycling collection sites across Canada.

 

Source:  Cleanfarms May 30, 2024 news release

 

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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 4 June 2024